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Episode 027: Emerging Multilingual Students and the NGSS Classroom with Enrique Suarez


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Enrique Suarez was trained as an astrophysicist and did cosmology research for five years before choosing a career in K-5 science education. In this episode, he discusses his research about designing learning environments that create opportunities for elementary-aged emerging multilingual students to leverage their conceptual resources and translanguaging practices when making sense of the natural world. He gives examples using a NGSS physics lesson in a 3rd grade classroom.

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 Show Highlights

  • 02:00 - 07:15   Introduction to Enrique's research on language learning and science learning
  • 08:15 - 22 :30   An extended example of a 3rd grade NGSS physics lesson with emerging multilingual students
  • 22:30 - 26:00 ...
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Episode 012_When Protons Collide: Pawandeep Jandir



Meet Pawandeep Jandir, a former particle physicist who worked at the Large Hadron Collider and is currently a data scientist.  In this episode, we discuss his work at the Large Hadron Collider, where he was working at the time of the 2012 discovery of the Higgs Boson! We look at the importance of science and physics in the world today and the ways in which students become and stay interested in it.

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Show Notes:

  • Introduction of Pawandeep Jandir, a particle physicist who worked at the Large Hadron Collider, and a description of the nature of the Large Hadron Collider.
  • The ways particles are controlled magnetically within the accelerator, and accelerated to 99.9999% the speed of light.
  • The nature of the data extracted from the collision experiments of the LHC; data from collisions with familiar results can be discarded
  • The nature of the...
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